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Joaquin Phoenix talks about compassion for all at the 2020 Academy Awards

Oscars speech highlights kindness to animals
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South Texas animal shelter demonstrates what’s possible in the drive to achieve no-kill nationwide by 2025

Best Friends’ embed program, Maddie’s Fund® and shelter staff’s determination result in a 90% live outcome rate for cats and dogs at Palm Valley Animal Society…
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Can’t stop, won’t stop: Cat Adoption Team saves more than 800 cats — and counting!

Best Friends’ lifesaving partnership with Cat Adoption Team (CAT) in Portland, Oregon, is helping even more cats find loving, forever homes.
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Farewell, sweet Meryl: Saying goodbye to the last Vicktory dog at Best Friends

Rescued from NFL player Michael Vick’s dogfighting bust, Meryl underwent a transformation from scared and distrusting to loving and resilient.
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The no-kill movement is making big progress: See the top milestones from 2019

Dog and cat lifesaving is ramping up! Read about 10 big wins for homeless pets from around the country.
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Vicktory dog Cherry, known as the ‘heartbeat’ of his family, passes away at age 13

Cherry, the dog rescued from former NFL player Michael Vick's dogfighting ring who went on to live a full and happy life with his adopted family, has died
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First university-endorsed no-kill leadership class graduates, aims to end killing in shelters

Twelve trail-blazing students graduate from Best Friends Animal Society Executive Leadership Certification (ELC) class endorsed by Southern Utah University.
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No-kill California is now closer than ever before

California Governor Gavin Newsom makes good on his campaign promise and includes $50M in proposed budget to make the state no-kill for dogs and cats.
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Looking back: The top 10 milestones in animal lifesaving from 2019

Highlights from the previous year demonstrate just how bright the future is for homeless dogs and cats.
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Southern Utah University and Best Friends team up to offer nation’s first university-backed leadership program

Best Friends now offers an Executive Leadership Certification (ELC) program in animal welfare backed by SUU.  
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Embracing change

It's time to embrace the positive changes in animal welfare that are speeding up exponentially.
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Best Friends Partners with The Walton Family Foundation to Launch a New Era of Animal Sheltering

In partnership with the Walton Family Foundation, Best Friends will open a new pet resource center in Bentonville, Arkansas in the fall of 2021.
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Giving thanks for Angel Canyon

This Thanksgiving, Julie Castle invites readers for trip down memory lane as she describes how an experience in Angel Canyon changed the course of her…
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The most pet-friendly hotel in the country opens, proceeds to help make no-kill a reality nationwide by 2025

An extension of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a pet-centric hotel called the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile opens in southern Utah to support homeless…
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One heck of a finish line: Strut Your Mutt events raise $2.3 million for homeless pets

Best Friends’ fundraising dog walk supports dogs and cats in need and the grassroots shelters and rescue groups who save them.
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Best Friends statement re: dog training

Best Friends has not and will not change our philosophy, which is expressed in personalized care, treating every animal as an individual.
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Vicktory dog Curly passes away at age 13, less than two months after his best friend, Mya

Curly, who was rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring, had an amazing life at Best Friends, and his family and friends at the Sanctuary can’t help but…
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Hundreds rally to fight pit bull ban in Maryland, but will it be enough?

Best Friends fights alongside animal advocates to end breed-discriminatory practices in Prince George's County
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Accountability is key: Why socially conscious sheltering falls short

Unlike the no-kill philosophy, socially conscious sheltering lacks definable goals, benchmarks of success and accountability.
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Washington Post highlights the Vicktory dogs, paying tribute to their courage, love and legacy

Newspaper article celebrates the extraordinary lives of the dogs rescued from former NFL player Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring in 2007